“Frasier” exec producer Christopher Lloyd, who’s shepherded the Paramount-produced laffer through seven seasons, five best comedy Emmy wins and several timeslot changes, is finally calling it a wrap.
Lloyd said Monday he’ll step down as showrunner of the top-rated NBC comedy at the end of this season, drawing to an end a 168-seg run. He’ll now focus full-time on developing new projects for Par under the terms of his overall deal with the studio.
Lloyd’s last seg will be the Kelsey Grammer starrer’s seventh-season finale, which will lense today. Script for the finale was co-written by Lloyd and Joe Keenan.
Scribes Mark Reisman and Dan O’Shannon are expected to take over as showrunners next season, though no final deals have been inked.
Exec producers of hit skeins usually succumb to intense pressure from webs and studios and begin developing new projects soon after their first show becomes a success. Lloyd bucked that trend, staying full-time on “Frasier” for its first seven seasons.
So why quit now?
“There’s no good reason,” Lloyd admitted Monday in an interview with Daily Variety. “The only reason is it just feels like the right time to try something else.”
Par Network Television topper Garry Hart praised Lloyd for guiding “Frasier” so many years.
“His commitment to the creative quality of the series is unparalleled, and we look forward with great anticipation to working with Chris on the new television series he is creating,” Hart said.
Lloyd was co-exec producer and head scribe during the first season of “Frasier,” which was created by David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee. He was upped to exec producer in the show’s second season.
Lloyd is repped by BKWU.